Microsoft Word 2010, word processor in the Office productivity suite, represents a marginal update from Word 2007, but a radical one from Word 2003 (and earlier versions). "The Ribbon" replaces the entire menu system, with tabs hosting common commands. Most users find commands more easily, but there is a fatigue from this new approach. We'll show you how to hide the Ribbon, and how to add your own, custom tabs to best fit your usage pattern.
Like its predecessor, Word 2010 saves documents in the open "DOCX" format, but can still save in universally compatible "DOC" format. You can even save as PDF without plugin!
You can run Word 2010 on Windows 7, Vista, or XP, in 32-bit or 64-bit.
Word 2010 is available as a standalone product, also is included in any 2010 suite: Office Home and Student, Office Home and Business, and Office Professional.
It introduces a built-in screen clipping / screenshot tool to take pictures of your screen.
Some computer manufacturers bundle "Word 2010 Starter" on new PC's, a replacement for the text editor in Microsoft Works (discontinued in 2008). This works just like the regular Word 2010, but has very limited features in comparison (plenty for basic editing!)
The Word Viewer (free download from Microsoft) allows people without Microsoft Word or Word Starter Edition to open all supported text file formats, and is the same as 2007.
Here's the full listing of tutorials: read through it for a great overview, or refresh your memory. For in-depth info, just click on the corresponding link!
Recent Documents give you quick access to most common files, which can also be pinned!
Hide the Ribbon to have more vertical space in word: tabs remain visible, like menu headers.